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Review: The Casanova by TL Swan

TL Swan The Casanova
The Casanova by TL Swan
The Miles High Club book 3

My favorite hobby is infuriating Elliot Miles. Just the sight of my boss’s handsome face triggers my sarcasm. God knows how he earns his Casanova reputation—if a million women want him with his personality, what the heck am I doing wrong?

Disgusted with my love life, I join a dating app under a fake name. I start chatting to a man named Edgar. He’s not my type and lives on the other side of the world, but we hit off a friendship, laugh and confide in each other.

But lately things are getting weird at work. Elliot’s being…attentive. His eyes linger a little longer than they should, and there’s a heat behind them that I haven’t felt before. And then, in the shock of all shocks, he tells me that my vulnerability is appealing. But when was I vulnerable?

Horror dawns…Has my boss been reading my emails to Edgar?

Damn it, why did I use my work email?

Oh no, does he know what I really think of him? I’d rather die than ever admit it.

Or, even worse: is it possible that the man I loathe in real life is the man I’m falling for online?

I loved the premise of this book and had high hopes for it but it just didn’t do anything for me. I kept waiting for more interaction on the dating app since that was the basis of the plot per the blurb but it wasn’t a big part of the story so that was disappointing. Kate was pretty hard to like because she is just full of absolute vitriol for her boss and acts horrendously. It’s not even so much that he’s her boss but more that no decent person speaks to other humans in that manner. That kind of foaming-at-the-mouth crazy should be reserved for guys who imprison women in their basements, not some guy at work you dislike.

That made me sympathetic towards Elliot because not firing her seemed like generous charity but once romance blossoms between them, he was every bit as unlikeable as Kate, maybe worse. They definitely deserve each other because they’re both intolerable. There’s something about these characters that just isn’t at all authentic and I can’t put my finger on it. They seem almost like caricatures and the dialogue is very stilted, which is distracting. This series is very popular and I’ve tried to find the appeal in it but it’s just not there for me. I tried to read this book for weeks and just couldn’t make myself care so it was a DNF for me.

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